THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will not extend the registration and biometric validation of new and old voters.
Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista on Monday said the poll body can no longer afford any delay in its preparations for the 2016 national and local elections.
The poll body set October 31 as the last day for voters to file applications for registration, transfer of registration and validation, among others. It is also the last day for overseas voters to file their application for registration/certification, transfer of registration records from one post to another post, transfer from one residence to another within the same post and county, and to request for a change of address.
The Comelec has tapped the support of malls in setting up satellite registration booths to make it easier for voters to submit to biometric procedure. The poll body also implemented satellite registration in various barangays and opened priority lanes as well for senior citizens, persons with disability and pregnant women.
As of October 2013, there were 54.051 million registered voters but this was whittled down to 49.5 million in July 2014 as a result of the deactivation and delisting of 6,300,935 voters.
But Bautista said this figure could go up to 55 million after the October 31 deadline.
The Comelec said around 4.3 million registered voters have yet to have their biometrics taken.
Biometric proceedings require the taking of a digital photograph, signature, and fingerprints of every voter, an added election safeguard aimed at eliminating flying voters, among other forms of voting frauds.